Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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What are learning styles?

Bloomsburg University 175th Anniversary

Throughout its history, Bloomsburg University has been proud host to a rich and diverse body of faculty. This fall, as a part of the continuing celebration of BU’s 175th anniversary, a faculty lecture series is coming to campus.

Beth Rogowsky

The series features six faculty members representing each of BU’s four colleges and its historical archives, eager to share their knowledge and research with the community. To kick off the series, assistant professor of education Beth Rogowsky will give a lecture today at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center's Kuster Auditorium on “Learning Styles Have Nothing to Do With Learning.”

Rogowsky is a BU graduate, having received her bachelor’s degree in education before teaching middle school students for 14 years. She also earned a master’s degree in instructional technology from BU, a second master’s degree from Marygrove College and a doctoral degree from Wilkes University.

Three years ago, Rogowsky was asked to do post-doctoral training at Rutgers University.

“That’s where I really got the research bug,” said Rogowsky of her time at Rutgers. She studied the science of learning, observing what happened on a biological level. “The idea was to link neuroscience, which is all about the brain, with teaching, which is also all about the brain.” #BUSpeakerSeries

Do you have an idea for an entrepreneurship?

PASSHE Competition

So, do you want to earn money for that idea? Great news … you can!

Last year students from the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities were invited to participate in the 3nd Annual Student Business Plan Competition. More than 200 student teams submitted their business ideas.

Two years ago, Bloomsburg University team of Sean Roth and Paul Rosa took home third place in the PASSHE Business Plan Competition — now it’s your turn! The competition is designed to provide students, like you, with an opportunity to pitch original business plans. Roth and Rosa’s idea was to create a social media site to allow fans to share the love of their teams via short vides.

This year, you can do the same at the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition. Learn more by attending a meeting in Sutliff Hall 257 on Monday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. for the ELC Committee meeting. Contact Karl Kapp at for more information.

Become a certified leader

BU's Center for Leadership and Engagement is offering a three level Leadership Certification program, open to all students for free.

  • Level 1 provides the basic foundations of leadership skills and helps student identify who they are as a leader, how they work with others and how to lead groups.
  • In Level 2, students pursue a specific track of Leadership that is in alignment with their career and personal interests (Student Organizational, Group, Community Engagement or Social Justice).
  • In Level 3, students wrap up their certification through a leadership capstone project experience, coached by the CLE staff.
    • Students can sign up for the Leadership Certification program by visiting the CLE office, located in the ground floor of Northumberland Hall. For more information, please contact

      Campus Announcements: What you need to know!

      Homecoming King & Queen — The deadline for student organizations, residence halls, sororities, fraternities and intercollegiate sports teams to submit candidates for the Homecoming King and Queen competition is Thursday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Forms should be returned to the Student Activities Office, KUB 350. There is a $10 fee and and advisor's signature (or email) is required. Please direct any questions to

      General Education Tutorials! — There are new tutorials available to help in advising students for general education. Each of the eight videos are about two to four minutes long. There are eight PDF items that include common Q&As about the General Education Points (GEPs) related to the 10-Goal Program. Screen shots from the videos are also available. For easy access, you can locate these helpful materials under the heading of General Education Tutorials.

      Blood Drive — Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments can be made ahead of time at

      Campus Church Visitation — Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. in the Kehr Hideaway.

      Outdoor Movie on the Quad — Maleficent with free snacks, Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair. Rain location Kehr Hideaway.

      Late Night Hot Dog Cart — Friday, Sept. 19 from 11 p.m to 1 a.m. on the Kehr Patio near Montour Hall. Rain location inside Kehr. Sponsored by Student Affairs.

      Campus Announcements

      Open Mic Night — will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the KUB Amphitheater, 6 p.m. This is an unplugged event, so full bands will be not scheduled. Register at the KUB Main Desk prior to the event.

      DASL Campus Leadership Speed Friending — Meet new friends and socialize over ice cream at DASL Campus Leadership and the Center for Leadership and Engagement’s 3rd annual Speed Friending event. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the KUB Multi-345B.

      Farmers Market — local vegetables, fruits and more are featured each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market adjacent to Navy Hall and Bakeless Center.

      Free Bloomsburg Fair Shuttle — on Friday, Sept. 19. Fair Preview Day 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bus will loop continually from the Hospital Lot to the Leonard Street Gate at the Fairgrounds.

      Discounted Fair Tickets! — Purchase discounted fair admission tickets for only $5 in the Student Activities Office, KUB 350. Discount tickets for students only.

      Late Night Hot Dog Cart — Friday, Sept, 19, from 11 p.m to 1 a.m. on the Kehr Patio near Montour Hall. Rain location inside Kehr. Sponsored by Student Affairs.

      Football Fan Bus — Sign up in the Community Activities Office or at the Concession stand at the California and Shippensburg Home Football Games! You must sign up before noon on the Thursday before the game. Buses are available for the Cheyney, Kutztown and Lock Haven games.

      Baltimore Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. and leaves Baltimore at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 with BU student ID and paid Fall ’14 C.A. fee; $35 with ID only and for guests.

      All Greek Dance — Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Kehr Ballroom. Free admission with BU student ID. First 400 students will be admitted. Doors close at 12:30 a.m. or when the dance reaches capacity.

      NYC Bus Trip — sign up in the Student Activities Office (KUB 350). Bus departs the Hospital Lot on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m. and leaves New York City at 8 p.m. Tickets with option for Wicked, the Broadway musical, range from $30 to $100. Contact student activities or @BUProgramBoard for details.

      Celebrate Bisexuality Day Workshop — Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Multi B.

      Flavors of the World — will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Multicultural Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., along with a special performance by Karen Rodriguez, Latin jazz artist.

      Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Kyle Atkins on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research he will be proposing is entitled “A Comparison Between Phonetically Balanced Words and Sentences: Speech Audiometry Stimuli With Older Individuals With Severe High Frequency Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Poor Word Recognition Ability”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      X-Men Days of Future Past — showing in the Kehr Hideaway Wednesday, Sept. 24, Friday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free Admission w/ BU student ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Alicia Kittle on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Relationship Between The Number Of Years Participated In Organized Football And Auditory Processing Abilities”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      Prospectus Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Lindsey Wolff on Friday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “The Cochlear Implant "Effect": Does the Presence of a Cochlear Implant Negatively Influence the Observers' Judgment Concerning the Wearer?” Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      Icona Pop — with special guests Five Knives and Lowell Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Field House. Buy your tickets on Oct. 1 and be entered in a drawing for a meet and greet with Icona Pop. Tickets available for sale at the Student Activities Office, 350 Kehr Union Building.

      Rise of the Planet of the Apes — showing in the Kehr Hideaway Wednesday, Oct. 1, Friday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Free Admission w/ BU ID and paid fall ’14 Community Activity Fee. All others $1.

      Thesis Defense — Dawn O’Brien Taylor, a doctoral student in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology will be presenting her thesis defense, “A comparison of parent and teacher responses on the Buffalo Model Questionnaire-revised,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, in Centennial Hall 301, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

      Halloween in Salem/Boston — on this overnight bus trip from Friday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 1. Salem, “The Witch City,” will have plenty of Halloween events. Cost, as low as $110, includes two-way coach bus transportation, one night of lodging near Boston and an optional trip into Salem. You’re responsible for securing your own roommates.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the research prospectus defense of Jessica L. Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall 301. The research she will be proposing is entitled “Maximizing Word Recognition Scores: A Comparison of Presentation Levels in the Clinical Setting.”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      NSSLHA Fundraiser — will be host a Hotdog & Hamburger Sale on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be held in the Auto Zone parking lot located on 306 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg. The stand will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Jackie Lithgow and his family for therapy expenses.

      Thesis Defense — BU's Doctorate of Audiology Program would like to announce the thesis defense of Heather Stone on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Centennial Hall 301 as part of the requirements for the degree. The research she will be defending is entitled “Newborn Hearing Screening Refer Rates: Vaginal vs. Cesarean Section Deliveries”. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

      September is National Campus Safety Month — What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of A Sexual Assault:

      • Practice good personal safety habits. To protect yourself from stranger crime, always lock your door when home or away. Don't admit anyone into your residence hall. Report any suspicious activity to University Police, 570-389-2211. Call for an on-campus walking escort when you are without one, 570-389-5000.
      • Listen to your gut feelings. If you feel threatened, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
      • Avoid guys who do not respect women. Don't hang out with them, and don't invite them into your home.
      • If you go to a party with friends, stay with them and leave with them, especially if you are drinking.
      • If you are going on a first date or if you meet someone while you are out and want to go somewhere else, go with a group of friends.
      • If you think someone is at risk for sexual assault take action to prevent it. Don't wait for someone else to initiate action.
      • When walking, be aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lit areas and walk in a group.

      Majors and Minors Fair — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose B
      Multipurpose Room B. All students welcome! This is an event for students who are interested in changing their major, have not decided on a major, or cannot get into their intended major. All academic departments will be in attendance to discuss their majors with students.

      Consortium brings State System collaboration to campus

      Sarah Kay

      Bloomsburg University is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Woman’s Consortium Conference on Sept. 25 to 26. Filled with a wellness room, multiple workshops and Sarah Kay as the keynote speaker; conference fees start at $90 for non-members, $75 for members and students are free.

      The Woman’s Consortium is designed to have woman in the State System collaborate and develop leadership skills. Students, faculty and staff are all invited to participate in these conferences. The Consortium has three institutes they base their conferences off of: Woman’s Student Leadership, Woman’s Faculty Leadership, and Woman’s Staff Leadership. All of these programs strive to better their knowledge and to learn more about each other’s experiences to help support one another.

      The keynote speaker Sarah Kay started poetry when she was 14. She took the stage and competed against more experience poets. She founded Project VOICE, an organizations that uses poetry as an empowerment tool. #CollaborativeLearning

      McDowell Institute provides tools to counteract bullying

      McDowell Institute Anti-Bullying Symposium

      According to National Center for Injury and Prevention Control, 160,000 kids miss school every day due to bullying. Bullying victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems (NCIPC), which is why Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute worked together with the Targeting Bullying Symposium.

      The symposium’s full day of training was based on factors related to bullying, child development and forms of bullying such as; cyber bullying and relational aggression. Among the 100 people in attendance were the College of Education students, faculty and representatives of local school districts. Some of the speakers were Charisse Nixon, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, Tina Lawson, educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, and Justin Patchin, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

      The symposium brought awareness of the prevalence of bullying and provided strategy and resources to prevent bullying. The final session was informing the student teachers about how the Pennsylvania school districts are integrating bullying prevention practices within the Positive Behavioral Support framework. #CollaborativeLearning

      Joint-degree exchange program among the best in the world

      Saleem M. Khan

      Saleem M. Khan, professor of economics, was recently honored in appreciation of leadership in founding and directing Joint-Degree and Exchange Program between Bloomsburg University and the Financial University Under the Government of the Russian Federation by the College of Liberal Arts. The collaboration with the Financial University was started in 1992 and Double-Degree in 2003. So far over 165 students from Russia have graduated from Double-Degree in economics from BU.

      This program was recognized number one in the U.S. and Russia in a recent international conference held at Bard College, New York. More than 40 universities from the U.S. and Russia participated in this conference. Presidential leadership is central to the success of International collaborative programs and Dr. Soltz has been enthusiastic and active supporter of this initiative.

      James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, awarded the plaque in a reception welcoming Finance University exchange students at Fenstermacher Alumni House. David L. Soltz, president, Thomas Fletcher, associate vice president, Brown, Luke Springman, Director, director of global and multicultural education, Madhav P. Sharma, director of international education services and many other faculty and staff members attend the event.